Supernatural Mysteries

by karlee1981 | created - 28 Apr 2015 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Mysteries with supernatural elements or horror movies that have a real mystery at their core.

Maybe a ghost is trying to help solve its own murder, maybe a psychic is investigating a crime, maybe crimes are being committed by something that turns out to be not quite human. In any event real crimes, snooping, and revelations are required.

This list is an offshoot of Spooky Mysteries.

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1. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

7.3
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A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Votes: 24,001

2. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

7.5
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78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 52,794 | Gross: $0.75M

3. The Uninvited (1944)

Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner

Votes: 7,783

4. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 130,046 | Gross: $7.16M

5. Moon (2009)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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67 Metascore

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Votes: 288,209 | Gross: $5.01M

Sci-fi mystery

6. Revenge of the Dead (1983)

R | 89 min | Horror

6.3
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Stefano, a young journalist, buys a used typewriter and accidentally sees that some text is still readable on the ribbon. He manages to reconstruct the story of a scientist, Paolo Zeder, ... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Gabriele Lavia, Anne Canovas, Paola Tanziani, Cesare Barbetti

Votes: 1,456

7. The Undying Monster (1942)

Not Rated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard, Bramwell Fletcher

Votes: 915

8. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 68,456 | Gross: $17.19M

9. Don't Look Now (1973)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.3
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A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania

Votes: 38,550

10. The Psychic (1977)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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A clairvoyant woman, inspired by a vision, smashes open a section of wall in her husband's home and finds a skeleton behind it. Along with her psychiatrist, she seeks to find the truth ... See full summary »

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Gabriele Ferzetti, Marc Porel, Gianni Garko

Votes: 2,918

11. The Pact (II) (2012)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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54 Metascore

As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death and the disappearance of her sister, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home.

Director: Nicholas McCarthy | Stars: Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Mark Steger, Agnes Bruckner

Votes: 21,248

12. What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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51 Metascore

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne, Miranda Otto

Votes: 104,704 | Gross: $155.46M

13. The Ninth Gate (1999)

R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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44 Metascore

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 146,648 | Gross: $18.66M

The pros (Roman Polanski and Frank Langella) outweigh the cons (Johnny Depp) and make this one worth a viewing.

14. Linkeroever (2008)

102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.1
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When Marie moves into her boyfriend's apartment, she uncovers a disturbing mystery.

Director: Pieter Van Hees | Stars: Eline Kuppens, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sien Eggers, Marilou Mermans

Votes: 2,108

Obviously influenced by Rosemary's Baby. But unlike Rosemary, when weird things start to happen to Marie she goes right out and starts nosing around.

15. The Beast Must Die (1974)

PG | 93 min | Horror, Mystery

5.8
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Eight people have been invited to an island estate for the weekend. One of them is a werewolf. Can you guess which one?

Director: Paul Annett | Stars: Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark, Charles Gray

Votes: 2,220

16. Crimson Peak (2015)

R | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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66 Metascore

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds - and remembers.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam

Votes: 106,661 | Gross: $31.06M

It's a wildly unoriginal hodge-podge of bits stolen from other movies, a few from this list but also Rebecca, Flowers in the Attic, The Shining, and the final third of the movie is pretty much just the final third of Notorious. As with 2010's hodge-podge The Black Swan, it makes me sick to think of clueless punk kids watching it and giving it credit for any of the ideas. But, as with Black Swan, I can't deny that I liked the movie (it's easy to make a good movie when you steal only the good parts from a slew of previous attempts). Arg!

And this is Guillermo Del Toro, who used to make such imaginative films (see above). Arrrggg!!!

Seriously? Our protagonist marries a shady man and moves into his isolated house with him and the cold female family member who controls him. She steals a key off the key ring to investigate another part of the house, but before she can slip it back on the ring its absence is noticed. They're on to her! The controlling female family member convinces the husband (who really loves our protagonist) to start slowly poisoning her regular drink to make it look like she gets sick and dies. She only realizes her drinks are poisoned after it's too late and she's too weak to leave. The controlling female family member confines her to her bed and gives an ominous speech. Her true love from outside comes to visit her and she's too weak to tell him what's going on, even as the conspirators stand right behind him. He ends up helping her down a long flight of stairs to the front door. Seriously? Really? Seriously? Are you F-ing kidding me?! AAAAAAARRRRRGGGG!!!

17. God Told Me To (1976)

R | 91 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.3
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A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney

Votes: 3,351

Supernatural Police Procedural. That's almost a Mystery.

18. Suspiria (1977)

92 min | Horror

7.5
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A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 53,658

Gory giallo thriller.

19. Phenomena (1985)

Not Rated | 116 min | Horror, Mystery

6.9
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A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Fiore Argento

Votes: 18,233

Gory giallo thriller.

20. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 6,834 | Gross: $20.00M

Giallo-esque American thriller.

21. Doctor X (1932)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

6.5
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A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster

Votes: 2,125

And lo, Dr. X begat Kolchak which begat X-files. And it was good.

22. The Night Stalker (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Mystery

7.8
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An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 3,928

23. The Night Strangler (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

7.7
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A reporter hunts down a 144-year old alchemist who is killing women for their blood.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Darren McGavin, Jo Ann Pflug, Simon Oakland, Scott Brady

Votes: 1,897

24. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)

51 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.6
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A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 3,134

25. The X-Files (1993– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.7
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 168,795

26. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.9
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An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 137,390

27. Millennium (I) (1996–1999)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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A former FBI profiler with the ability to look inside the mind of a killer begins working for the mysterious Millennium Group whose interest lies in cases involving doomsday cults and killers obsessed with the end of the millennium.

Stars: Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn, Brittany Tiplady

Votes: 8,452

The first season of Millennium is a wonder to behold. Quality didn't translate to viewers however, and the show was retooled for a crummy second season. This didn't fix things and the show was retooled again for a third season that was crummy in a whole new way.